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Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

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  • 4 cups All-purpose flour, plus extra for currants
  • 4 tbsps Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsps Kosher salt
  • 4 tbsp Unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 3/4 cups Buttermilk
  • 1 Extra-large egg
  • 1 tsp Orange zest
  • 1 cup Dried currants


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Place the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment.
  4. Add the butter to the bowl and mix on low speed until the butter is evenly distributed.
  5. In a separate bowl, lightly beat together the buttermilk, egg and orange zest.
  6. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour.
  7. Mix the currants with 1 tbsp of flour. Gently fold them into the dough, it will be very wet.
  8. Place the dough onto a well-floured surface and knead it a few times, shaping it into a round loaf.
  9. Place the loaf on the sheet pan and gently cut an X into the top of the bread with a serrated knife.
  10. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Move to a rack to cool.
  11. Serve warm or at room temperature with butter.


Recipe adapted from